I’m sure you have already heard that there were some units of the HP Touchpad shipped already pre-loaded with Android (3 that we know of).
As for the Touchpad units that have been allegedly purchased with a version of Android on them, we have begun an internal investigation on this within HP. We have confirmed that HP never authorized the distribution of any version of Android on the HP Touchpad. In addition, from a review of our manufacturing process, we believe that all Touchpad units have been shipped out of manufacturing with the webOS operating system only, and that no Touchpad units were shipped with Android, even by mistake. Hence, we presently believe that some person or persons unknown may have facilitated the delivery of these Android-based units strictly against the policy and authorization of HP.
It would seem then that initial thoughts that these units were Qualcomm tested units that accidently shipped could well be wrong and judging by an excerpt from the email from Phil Robb (Director – Open Source Program Office) HP believe the units were shipped from someone internal.
Regarding your specific request for source code below, I must decline at the present time. HP has never authorized the distribution of any binaries for Android in association with the HP Touchpad. Therefore, HP is not under any license obligation to provide any corresponding Android source code to you. Hopefully, this doesn’t come across too harsh. As always, any member of the public can access all open source software source code distributions and other open source software licensing information for the HP webOS software products at any time at http://opensource.palm.com/.
This not only confirms that HP did have the units running Android but also they also seem to think they are exempt from the requirements of the GPL.
The fact that there are Android versions of the Touchpad out there and they are known to have been purchased from BestBuy x 2 and Wallmart x 1 means that whether intentional or not, HP have sold Android based devices so “technically” must share the source code.
As we hear of more we will keep you all posted.
Posted by: John